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To all you Candians out there: I have your quarter in my pocket!

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  1. Abercrombie

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    So I live in northern (lower) Michigan. Like if you were to hold your left hand out in front of you like you were telling somebody to stop and point at the tip of your pinky finger, that's where I would be (if your hand were a map of course). ANYWAY, I guess we are pretty close so I was wondering:

    1) Do you guys ever find US coins in your pockets like I find CA coins ALL THE TIME? The vending machines don't take them, but all of the stores and stuff do.

    2) Do you have American flags flying next to Canadian flags here and there? It's not a strange thing to see here, especially in the UP.

    3) Do you have Americans crossing the border everyday to work in CA or is that just CAs coming here?

    4) Do you have so many Americans on your side of the border that you wonder who's who until they open their mouths and say something? Seriously, I was at a function once in SS Marie (our side) and in this huge conference room full of people and the presenter said "raise your hand; how many Americans do we have here today?" I was like "WTF? I wouldn't come to your country and ask if anyone has seen a Canadian lately"!

    5) Do we sound as funny to you as you sound to us? Because the further south I go the more I am accused of sounding or being Canadian and I'm like, "You think I sound funny? In MI, there's a world of difference with a simple crossing of a short bridge!"

    And Finally 6) It seems all of my friends think that CAs hate Americans and USA! I have spoken to many CAs about the "death to America" deal and I have yet to find a single Canadian that hates Americans. As far as I know they hate one American, Gorge Bush. (It's OK we do/did to). I'm like geez guys, the CAs are in Afghanistan with us don't you know? They even chalked up the longest sniper kill of all time over there. (That was our kill but that's another story). So, it's not true is it? You're not all on the "Death to America" bandwagon are you?

    Just a "hey how's it goin, A' to my CA friends and neighbors. I would have written this message on some paper, tied it to a rock and thrown it over the border, but I thought that I may get a larger response this way (and if I hit and killed a moose I would have red uniformed cops on horses chasing my ass all over this freezing region of the planet).:p

    Have a good day, A'!
     
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    Be careful how you talk about Canada, they will mess you up with a nuke made from cow crap, that way they can shit on you and still remain Environmentally friendly.
     
  3. justthinking

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    Does your friendly gesture towards Canadians have anything to do with the following thread:
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    I knew it was coming, but man your quick!
     
  4. wowhaxor

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    I used to live in Southeast Alaska (born and raised). About 1 in 5 quarters I would come across in life was Canadian.
     
  5. Abercrombie

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    @ Justthinking: I um, didn't read all of that post just now, nor did I read it before. I just found a CA quarter in my pocket over lunch and it reminded me of the "That 70's Show" episode where they got caught "smuggling" Fez across the CA-WI border when Fez lost his ID. The Mounties interrogated them and stupid Kelso asked the Mounties if they ever found US quarters in their pockets.
    Got me talking to my friend about all the strange unsung CA-US border relations.
     
  6. real222on

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    1-We have US quarters. machines don't take them but everyone else will.
    2- we seldom fly flags, ours or yours.
    3- It is common to have American working close to the border. i know some will crossy everyday. U need a passport to US starting June 1 2009. I was told by US border guard today.
    4- we treat Americans like us.
    5- Only with Southern accent, people can tell.
    6-I don't think we hate Americans, even though we think Americans cause quite some trouble around the world and sometimes drag us along. we always call Americans our cousin down south. About G.B. I have nothing good to say about him....
     
  7. jasonac2

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    1.) It's pretty rare to find an American coin in change here. Mostly we'll see just an American penny.

    2.) I've never seen an American flag here on a house or public building unless the building is for international purposes. Then again, I don't see too many Canadian flags in people's windows

    3.) Lot's of Canadians go through the boarder into Washington here every day. The line-up coming INTO Canada, however, is pretty dead. :p

    4.) There are about 80,000 Americans in Southern BC, so I'm sure it's not uncommon. But it's hard to tell because BC and Washington are very similar in terms of demographics.

    5.) Some Americans sound funny, but only if they're from southern states. In those cases, the accent is really strong.

    6.) I'd say about 75% of Canadians dislike the USA for one reason or another. But we dislike your country as a whole, not individuals. You previous government was embarrassing and your policies are flawed. Though, Obama is slowly changing the US into Canada - so that's good. :p

    Also, it's 'eh' not 'A'.
     
  8. Abercrombie

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    The "A" was so that everyone who is not Canadian, or on the border would understand how to pronounce "eh"
     
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    What does 'I get paid 1.3 for your USDs' mean? Who cares what the exchange rate is? It doesn't mean you have more money.
     
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    It still doesn't make any sense though.
     
  11. SquirlyNutz

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    I live in Toronto and

    1)yes i always find lots of US coins in my change jar eh.

    2)theres lots of US flags everywhere in the city eh.

    3)i notice theres a lot of Americans actually living here now,compared to 10+ years ago eh.

    and for the record,its Eh,not A ;)
     
  12. obtuse

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    I have dual citizenship and have lived on both sides of the border. Each has it's good points and it's bad. The one consistent theme on both sides is that politicians are evil---period. I realize that some think Obama is going to be different and "save" the US but you're wrong. If you believe that some person in gov't is more interested in taking care of you and your family, health & welfare($$$) than YOU are you need to start reading a little more history of nations that have fallen.

    If "you" REALLY REALLY thought that they were that great then I wonder how much extra $$$ you willingly have asked them to take from your paycheck every week so that they could do so much more for you with "your money".

    Gov't should be small, limited and ppl should have the incentive/motivation to do more and therefore increase their monetary value. We're watching this fail as we work here. The US gov't is currently increasing the amt that the "rich" have to pay and they're spreading it around. So, at least until next year everyone is going to get a whopping $13 - whooopeee! Then since Obama isn't going to continue the Bush tax cuts next year you'll be paying more than $13 extra from your check.

    The only way ppl make $$$ - is if ppl are making $$$. People don't make $$$ by the gov't making $$$. I have to admit I'm seeing so many US citizens feeling such angst against ppl who are busting their butt to make enought $$$ to be considered "rich" that eventually it's going to be only those who come to the states from the outside who'll have the drive & determination to make it big.

    The gov't is the biggest business in the US - ya think they're doing a good job? Let's see, they're just voting a bill that will give ALL GOV'T EMPLOYEES lifelong medical coverage after only 6 years of work. Remember, the gov't emloyees now include, teacher, the border patrol, the coast guard, the federal aviation, the bank industry in now umbrellad into a "gov't" agency - remember fannie mae & freddie mac? - also, the military, if the auto industry takes any $$$ they'll be under the gov'ts direction too so they'll get a part of that medical coverage, doctors, nurses, all health care personnel, ......... and on and on and on.

    So, who'll be left to pay for all this? This is on top of the Senators, Congress, and every other Tom, Dick & Jane who works for them........... will be getting their medical for the rest of their lives.

    Time to stop the insanity and maybe go to one of the many "tea parties" that have been springing up all over the US........ Europe/China have been saying for a very long time that the US would fall on it's own from within, I just hope I don't see it happen in my life time.........

    PS - Canada just got their flag in 1965 so it's pretty new and so there isn't the same "emotional attachment" that there is to the US flag that was raise in the beginning of this whole new life over here hundreds of years ago. You're just as apt to see a union jack along a canadian flag as an american flag.

    PSS - Canada just came up with a Charter of Rights/Freedoms in the '80's so although there's a Constitution it was still tied to the UK. And, similar to the way some in the "south" in the states still feel a connection to their southern heritage pre-civil war, there are some in Canada who still feel the same towards Britain. Pictures of the Queen are in all federal buildings.

    So, Canada is sort of in the "middle" as it were similar to a divorce. If your brother got a divorce and yet you still liked your former sister-in-law and liked seeing their kids, you are nice to both. But, sometimes one or the other will feel as though you've "betrayed" them. Even though you haven't intentionally done anything. When the US broke from Britain - Canadians were busy trying to figure out what the heck they wanted to do. And much like the "Southerners" - some Canadians are still figuring it out....... lol

    Every year they do a "poll" in the paper here to see if ppl want to become the 51st state and every year by a margin of almost 2:1 the vote is "Yes"........
     
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  13. Abercrombie

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    Holy shit! I didn't know that! But thanks to the coming North American Union, that may be irrelevant. Soon we will all be spending Ameros.:eek: On another note: I don't think politics is allowed here so let's not turn this post into anything very political. This is just a friendly USA - Canada relations post.

    That's kind of a foolish thing to say considering that most consumer products cost more in CA. In USA, most consumer products are labeled with price tags reflecting both the US cost and CA cost. For example; if a book costs "10.00 US, a label just under that reads "13.00 CAN".
    Go figure, literally!
     
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    I live 30mins from the US border so my experiences may be a bit different from those who live in Toronto...

    1. I get lots of American coins here. I usually save the quarters for tolls when I head to the States. It may sound silly but when the exchange rate climbs to about 40%, it makes sense to save it.

    2. Flags aren't that popular in Canada but we have seen a lot more around here in the past few years. Lots of American flags on boats but we don't have too many Americans living here.

    3. I don't know any Americans who have moved here for work. Lots of friends have been recruited for jobs down there though.

    4. The only Americans that stand out are the military guys that come over here on the weekends to party. We have a large military population here also but the Americans stick out like a sore thumb!

    5. Accents are accents. It is easy to spot the American ones just like it is easy to spot French and East Coast accents here.

    6. I don't hate Americans and don't know anyone that does. We hate a lot of the American politics because our country and system is so different (for better or worse). You'll always find people here that say "I love going to the States but you couldn't pay me enough to live there".

    The only time you will really hear Canadians say that they "hate Americans" is if they are referring to Americans that they meet when they travel to the Caribbean etc...everyone has horror stories about those trips. That being said, everyone I know is open minded and doesn't judge anyone ahead of time.

    Our cost of living is generally less than yours. Where I live, my prices for every day items are the same as yours or less but in Canadian dollars. It is nice when you throw a couple grand in the bank and you get a 25% + premium on your earnings. Of course earning is the same but the spending power on lower ticket items is greater for us....thats all that he is saying.
     
  15. Abercrombie

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    Like a painful sore thumb? Like a sore thumb that is bad or just "see them coming a mile away", figure of speech like?
     
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    To be honest, a lot of them are assholes! They may be great guys in a one on one situation but when you have 200 of them up here just to party, go to the ballet and fight, you get kinda sick of it. It actually got really bad a few years back and a lot of the popular bars stopped letting them in. Now, some of the higher ranking guys will go to the manager and tell them to inform them if there are guys causing shit so that they can discipline them as they don't want trouble for the next group of guys that come up for a weekend.
     
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    Cmon man this is not necessary o_0 don' provoke ppl to start arguing :) Be happy if you think you get more money and pay less :)

    maybe Americans think same way . i see no point arguing about this :p

    Need take trip to Usa @ august to get new car , or opinion 2 get it shipped and visit anyways :p

    I want see hambuger size of pizza haha
     
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    @ antsaoo: What part of USA are you coming to?
     
  19. jasonac2

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    Thisoldhat is right to a degree. Canadians benefit from this exchange rate with most things. Some things cost more money in Canada, like books. But for the most part, the prices are really close. A can of pop is the same price here, same with most video games, etc.

    So we really do benefit. :)
     
  20. Abercrombie

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    Well, I'm just a hop skip and a jump away. Maybe I will shop there for some stuff. BTW, do they take your empty soda/beer containers back there. Here in MI they are worth 10 cents each.